Our Staff

Angie Hawk Maiden

Angie Hawk Maiden

President and CEO ACEnet & ACEnet Ventures

Ms. Maiden joined the ACEnet staff in July 2004 as the Director of Business Innovation and became CEO/President of ACEnet and ACEnet Ventures February 2006. Her charge is to expand a regional business development infrastructure to build the capacity of businesses and their communities to network, partner, and innovate to create dynamic and sustainable regional economies.  She is also charged with expanding ACEnet Ventures, a Community Development Finance Institution, to meet the growing need for business capital.

Ms. Maiden serves as a Director for the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, a national association for micro business, and a board member for the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA).  She has also served on the board of other non-profits such as Nelsonville High School Restoration Foundation and the Ohio Valley Interactive Technology Alliance. In addition, she participates on ACEnet’s behalf in many national initiatives including the Aspen Institute’s Scale Academy and Central Appalachian Network as well as numerous regional networks.  In 2013, Ms. Maiden was selected to be one of 20 Local Economy Fellows from the US and Canada by the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), a North American development association.

Before joining ACEnet, Ms. Maiden previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio as well as Executive Director for Ohio University's Kids on Campus community partnership serving over 1200 children annually.

Ms. Maiden has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Ohio University. In addition, she also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Ms. Maiden is an accomplished speaker and presenter and tailors her presentations to diverse audiences of culture, gender, age, or socio-economic status. Her teaching experience also has provided her with exposure to the richness of the Appalachian region and sensitivity for underserved populations.

She can be contacted by phone (740-592-3854 ext. 111) or email ()


Larry Fisher

Director of Finance

Larry joined the ACEnet staff in the spring of 2002 as the director of the ACEnet Food Ventures Program and stepped into the role of Director of Business Incubation and Finance in April of 2006. Larry is responsible for the strategic planning and development as well as direct project supervision of the ACEnet Business Incubation Services. Larry grew up in Meigs County, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Larry moved from Louisiana, where he was the CFO and Director of Manufacturing for Music Mountain Water in Shreveport. He has had over 18 years of experience in the beverage industry, serving in both financial and production roles. Larry brings with him diverse experience in financial management, production management, business development, and personnel management.


He can be contacted by phone (740-592-3854 ext. 112) or email ( )

Leslie Schaller

Leslie Schaller

Director of Programming

Leslie Schaller was part of the founding staff of the Food Ventures program and oversaw the initial renovation of the Kitchen Incubator facility. She has worked directly with food producers and farmers since 1993. Leslie is responsible for working directly with specialty food firms throughout the intake and assessment process, focusing on the start-up phase of network clients. Leslie delivers technical assistance and coordinates the expertise of the Food Ventures team to provide innovative product ideas, marketing strategies, business plans, and financial management systems to our network firms. Leslie develops and maintains the curriculum modules, for the multi-track system that the food venture clients use.

Leslie has resided in southeastern Ohio for the past 34 years. She attended Ohio University, where she studied philosophy, English, and art. Leslie is also the Business Director and one of the remaining founders of the Worker Owned Restaurant Corporation. In her free time, Leslie serves on The Athens Municipal Arts Commission, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Community Food Initiatives, and the Athens County League of Women Voters.

She can be contacted by phone (740-592-3854 ext. 115) or email ()

Barbara Volsko

Barbara Volsko

Financial Assistant

Barbara joined the staff of ACEnet in August of 2008 as a Financial Assistant.  Her primary responsibilities include accounts payable/receivable and audit assistance.

Barbara received her Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology from Thiel College, Greenville, Pa. and a Masters of Library and Information Science Degree from the University of Washington, Seattle.

In Seattle, Barbara worked for more than 15 years as office manager of a private medical practice. Upon returning to Ohio, Barbara served for three years as Administrative Coordinator at the nonprofit Foundation for Appalachian Ohio in Nelsonville.

She can be contacted by phone (740-592-3854 ext. 100) or email ()

Myra Morrison

Program Assistant and Microenterprise Trainer

Ms. Morrison joined ACEnet in the summer of 2013 as an Americorps VISTA. She was hired as a part-time ACEnet staff member in May 2013 and moved to a full-time position in January 2014. Ms. Morrison is from Holmes County, Ohio. She is a recent graduate of Berea College, where she majored in Appalachian Studies. During her first year of college, Myra realized how much she missed having access to a garden and discovered how challenging it can sometimes be to find good, locally grown food.

She can be contacted by phone (740-592-3854 ext. 124) or email ()

Marcus Bratton

Facilities Manager

Marcus joined the staff of ACEnet in early 2014 as Facilities Manager. He is responsible for overseeing the operations and maintenance of ACEnet's kitchen and business incubator facilities.

He can be contacted by phone (740-592-3854 ext. 118)